Biblioteca di Pace
The association Biblioteca di Pace was born in the mid-1990s, to respond to a dual social need - in its beginnings at the time, and which over the years would constantly increase, becoming today one of the main issues facing Italian and European politics: the theme of immigration, along with the related fear of losing our cultural identity. Ever since our foundation, we have tried on the one hand to answer the request by ‘natives’ to know foreigners and their cultures; on the other hand, the need for foreigners to integrate into a new reality, both learning the Italian language and finding the best way for their children - at the time nearly all quite small - to fit into kindergarten and primary schools. Our response was to open the association to foreign nationals, who were gradually brought into our staff and group of volunteers, setting up the core of a small multicultural community. With these forces, we then began working intensely with the institutions, especially the Municipalities of the Florence area, and in Florence itself, with the District institutions (“Quartieri”), the state and municipal schools, providing language support and texts in both Italian and the language of origin of the children, teaching materials, interventions by cultural mediators in the classrooms.
Comune di Campi Bisenzio
The municipality of Campi Bisenzio (N-W part of the Metropolitan area of Florence) stands out as a virtuous case as its territory concentrates an important stratification of civic innovation and administrative investments for sustainable and participatory urban development, supported by a strong political commitment of elected representatives and dense social capital. Moreover, the composition of population evolved in recent years with a significant trend of new migrants and the social dynamics reflect the contemporary challenge of multiculturalism and integration. The Municipality experimented the implementation of projects involving schemes of participatory budgeting, urban regeneration, co-living, social gardens, collaborative economy, etc. On this basis, in these last years, the Municipality of Campi Bisenzio worked at the activation of a District of Civil Economy (https://www.festivaleconomiacivile.it/) on 4 issues: • Quality of Life (environment, sustainability, conscious consumption); • Work (civil enterprises, new collaborative works, new alliances, green jobs, re-use and circular economy, community cooperatives); • Territory (socio-urban regeneration of places, spaces and communities); • Active Citizenship (new forms of volunteering, management of common goods, proximity welfare). The mayor of Campi Bisenzio, Emiliano Fossi, is the delegate for participation for Anci Toscana, the National Association of Municipalities in Tuscany.
BRAL vzw - Stadsbeweging voor Brussel
BRAL is a city movement striving to make Brussels sustainable. As an urban non-governmental movement BRAL is a network in which inhabitants, action groups, professional field workers and experts meet to study urban challenges, debate them and formulate solutions. BRAL is recognized as an organization for socio-cultural work by the Flemish Community Commission, and as such we empower people to give them more control over their urban planning process and environment. For us, collective learning and knowledge production is an emancipatory ladder to climb over the technical-scientific wall that often separates people from decision-making processes. By organizing discussion and exchange, we break down barriers between communities and groups and stimulate thinking and working for a collective interest. In this way BRAL is both a bearer and an instigator of development and education, where different commitments come together in a common dream for Brussels. In our vision, Brussels is a city that puts cocreation and commoning at the heart of its policy. A city where public services, residents and users think along with and collaborate in all phases of policy: preparation, implementation, follow-up and evaluation. A city that accommodates its inhabitants and offers opportunities for sustainable development and social growth. In this respect we can rely on many years of experience and expertise, which we share and make available to the broad urban movement and our partners through publications, debates, articles and visits. We constantly keep the knowledge of our staff, members and the people we work with up to date, through exchanges with Brussels, Belgian and international partners.
Ankara Aile ve Sosyal Hizmetler Il Mudurlugu
Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services decides social policies related to family, women, children, elders and disabled people. The provincial directorates carry out social services according to these policies in Turkey. Ankara Provincial Directorate of Family, Labour and Social Services are established under the Ministry. Ankara Aile, Çalışma ve Sosyal Hizmetler İl Müdürlüğü (Ankara Provincial Directorate of Family,Labour and Social Services) is a local authority founded in 1983. Among its tasks are: to develop and to implement policies related to social services and solidarity at the local level, to protect the structure of the family, to conduct the social services and the solidarity activities for children, to prevent discrimination against women, to apply every kinds of precautions and solutions for the disabled and the elderly, to take precautions in order to protect the relatives of martyrs and veterans from the unjust treatment and the deprivation, to arrange the solidarity activities for those who need protection and social aids, to take precautions in order to protect the family integrity and to provide the coordination and the collaboration among other institutions and NGOs. It has 3500 staffs (social workers, teachers, psychologists, sociologists, statisticians, education specialists, nurses, media specialists, trainers) and 36 affiliated institutions (for children, young, elderly, women, disabled and all disadvantaged groups)
FAGARAS MUNICIPALITY is a territorial-administrative unit organized and operating under the principles of decentralization, local autonomy, devolution of public services, eligibility of authorities of local public administration, legality and consultation of citizens in solving the problems of particular interest. From the administrative point of view the municipality of Fagaras belongs to Brasov county which holds a central position within the territory of Romania, Fagaras city being the second large city of the county. Fagaras obtained the status of territorial administrative unit in July 1979. Administratively Fagaras belongs to Brasov county, the county with a central position in the Romanian territory. The city, the second largest one of the county after Brasov is located at the south east part of Târnavelor Plateau (the plateau covering most of Transylvania land), being bordered by the Fagaras Mountains and the Olt River. Though located in a hilly area of about 450m altitudes it benefits of a good accessibility through E68 road that crosses it east to west and positions it at 66 km from Brasov and 76 km from Sibiu.
Open UP let youth be heard
Open Up! Let Youth be Heard is a non-profit that seeks to connect, empower, and mobilise marginalised youth in civic life. The organisation uses debate education methodology to equip young voices with the tools to articulate their solutions for a better future. They create community-driven events where local governments and other actors are held to account and give due weight to the voices of youth. Open Up! Is inspired to use 21st-century education skills, and works in line with Article 12 of the UN Convention of the Rights of Children (the right to be heard). Open Up! is an organisation established by the International Debate Education Association, and its work programmes originated from this organisation. This means that Open Up has access to IDEA’s wide partnership of European youth-led initiatives which seek civic engagement and economic opportunities for youth in a wide variety of socio-economic contexts. Open Up! has a nimble core staff of 4 individuals, and a wider pool of volunteers and network partners, including contacts with municipalities across The Netherlands and Belgium, which perform its core activities.